By Marianne Wylie, MSW, RSW
Trying to avoid drinking or using when in Thunder Bay? Are you finding it harder to resist the temptation when alcohol is more readily available in the city compared to your home community? You aren’t the only one. Many people who visit Thunder Bay want to avoid the temptation to drink or use and find it hard to resist once in the city. People will often avoid leaving their hotel altogether. While this can be helpful, it can also be isolating. Here are some things you can do to fill your time that don’t involve substance use.
By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
We're checking the window, making sure the crumbs are vacuumed from the office floor, coffee is fresh, water glasses are clean, and phones are working. I'm preparing resources, reading my notes from the last session, and checking your file so I know what we’re working on.
I paid to go to school for 6 years for this. I did internships, paid for supervision, attend ongoing training, and read books every day to continue to find the best way to help. I found my calling with helping people overcome serious, longstanding traumas, I mentored students, hired staff, and spent my weekends setting up furniture and renovating the building so that every person walking in here would feel safe, comfortable, respected, and valued. I am SO ready to help!
And you…don’t show?
By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
We shouldn’t have to choose.
I can’t say this enough. To put off having personal lives and families out of fear that we’ll lose our jobs or our place in the workforce is shameful and demeaning. It is mind-boggling to see countless examples of people who have suffered for making that choice. In many ways, our society has not yet evolved beyond this division of priorities.
The Kelly Mental Health family is growing. And the evidence of this growth comes not only with the addition of new team members who have courageously taken the reins towards helping our community, but in the growth of families, relationships, and partnerships among our team.
I could tell that when Amanda, our Office Administrator, approached me a few months ago to very tentatively announce her pregnancy, she was worried. She worried about what we would do, how we would cope without her there, how I would react given that she’d only been there a few months, and she expressed perhaps even a sense of guilt about having to take time off.
I had to laugh, because she didn’t know.
By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW, TITC-CT
I wish people knew how much control they have over how they feel. Life is not about what happens to us, but about how we perceive our experiences. Our story is created in the way we define it, and this story is about how to take control of the thoughts that hold us back.
I’ve always wanted to do something important. As a kid, I dreamt of singing in front of thousands of people, writing books, and inspiring and motivating others to create a better world. But I didn’t. At least, I haven’t yet (fingers crossed!). When given opportunities, I let my pounding heart and shortness of breath convince me that it was safer to pass rather than speak up.
By Seija Grant, MEd CP, RP (Qualifying)
As it is PRIDE month (Happy Pride everyone!), this is an opportunity to explore the impact we can make on others, and to learn how to support our friends, family, colleagues, employees and fellow human beings as allies. How does this tie into mental health you might be asking…? By use of language (written, spoken and body) we all impact our environments and in doing so—other people. If we sometimes use words that hurt and oppress other people (knowingly or not), we are contributing to an unsupportive environment. There is plenty of research to show that living in a non-inclusive environment contributes significantly to mental health issues.
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